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Can someone help me on this Hamlet question during Act 1? In Act 1 Scene 4 Lines 1 - 38 Hamlet and Horatio discuss the ghost. Why does Hamlet wish the custom of wassail (‘be healthy’ in Old English) were not observed and what does this reveal about him?

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Hamlet  tells Horatio:

The king doth wake to-night and takes his rouse,

Keeps wassail and the swagg'ring up-springs reels...

“Wassail” implies a lot more than good health. One of the definitions in my collegiate dictionary is “A festivity characterized by much drinking.” This is what Hamlet objects to. King Claudius is a heavy drinker throughout the play. He is...

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